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Miko Kirschbaum

Senior Researcher
Land Use & Ecosystems
Miko Kirschbaum
Palmerston North
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Australian National
PhD Environmental Biology

Western Australia
BSc Agriculture


Dodd MB, Rennie G, Kirschbaum MUF, Giltrap DL, Smiley D, van der Weerden TJ 2021. Improving the economic and environmental performance of a New Zealand hill country farm catchment: 4. Greenhouse gas and carbon stock implications of land management change. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research 64(4): 540-564. WOS:000545723700001.

Farina R, Sandor R, Abdalla M, Alvaro-Fuentes J, Bechini L, Bolinder MA, Brilli L, Chenu C, Clivot H, Migliorati MD, Di Bene C, Dorich CD, Ehrhardt F, Ferchaud F, Fitton N, Francaviglia R, Franko U, Giltrap DL, Grant BB, Guenet B, Harrison MT, Kirschbaum MUF, Kuka K, Kulmala L, Liski J, McGrath MJ, Meier E, Menichetti L, Moyano F, Nendel C, Recous S, Reibold N, Shepherd A, Smith WN, Smith P, Soussana JF, Stella T, Taghizadeh-Toosi A, Tsutskikh E, Bellocchi G 2021. Ensemble modelling, uncertainty and robust predictions of organic carbon in long-term bare-fallow soils. Global Change Biology 27(4): 904-928. WOS:000591840500001.

Liang LL, Kirschbaum MUF, Giltrap DL, Hunt JE, Laubach J 2021. Could patterns of animal behaviour cause the observed differences in soil carbon between adjacent irrigated and unirrigated pastures? Science of the Total Environment 772. WOS:000628753700049.

Kirschbaum MUF, Moinet GYK, Hedley CB, Beare MH, McNally SR 2020. A conceptual model of carbon stabilisation based on patterns observed in different soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 141. WOS:000513986700021.

Kirschbaum MUF, Giltrap DL, McNally SR, Liang LL, Hedley CB, Moinet GYK, Blaschek M, Beare MH, Theng BKG, Hunt JE, Whitehead D 2020. Estimating the mineral surface area of soils by measured water adsorption. Adjusting for the confounding effect of water adsorption by soil organic carbon. European Journal of Soil Science 71(3): 382-391. WOS:000491867500001.

Giltrap DL, Kirschbaum MUF, Laubach J, Hunt JE 2020. The effects of irrigation on carbon balance in an irrigated grazed pasture system in New Zealand. Agricultural Systems 182. <Go to ISI>://WOS:000539094200022

Kirschbaum MUF, Puche NJB, Giltrap DL, Liang LL, Chabbi A 2020. Combining eddy covariance measurements with process-based modelling to enhance understanding of carbon exchange rates of dairy pastures. The Science of the total environment 745: 140917-140917. MEDLINE:32726704.

Liang LL, Kirschbaum MUF, Giltrap DL, Wall AM, Campbell DI 2020. Modelling the effects of pasture renewal on the carbon balance of grazed pastures. Science of the Total Environment 715. WOS:000518409900093.

Kirschbaum MUF, Zeng G, Ximenes F, Giltrap DL, Zeldis JR 2019. Towards a more complete quantification of the global carbon cycle. Biogeosciences 16(3): 831-846. WOS:000458626400001.

Ehrhardt F, Soussana JF, Bellocchi G, Grace P, McAuliffe R, Recous S, Sandor R, Smith P, Snow V, Migliorati MD, Basso B, Bhatia A, Brilli L, Doltra J, Dorich CD, Doro L, Fitton N, Giacomini SJ, Grant B, Harrison MT, Jones SK, Kirschbaum MUF, Klumpp K, Laville P, Leonard J, Liebig M, Lieffering M, Martin R, Massad RS, Meier E, Merbold L, Moore AD, Myrgiotis V, Newton P, Pattey E, Rolinski S, Sharp J, Smith WN, Wu LH, Zhang Q 2018. Assessing uncertainties in crop and pasture ensemble model simulations of productivity and N2O emissions. Global Change Biology 24(2): E603-E616. WOS:000423994700019.

Kirschbaum MUF, McMillan AMS 2018. Warming and elevated CO2 have opposing influences on transpiration. Which is more important? Current Forestry Reports 4(2): 51-71. WOS:000432549800002.

Kirschbaum MUF, Schipper LA, Mudge PL, Rutledge S, Puche NJB, Campbell DI 2017. The trade-offs between milk production and soil organic carbon storage in dairy systems under different management and environmental factors. Science of the Total Environment 577: 61–72.

Schipper LA, Mudge PL, Kirschbaum MUF, Hedley CB, Golubiewski NE, Smaill SJ, Kelliher FM 2017. A review of soil carbon change in New Zealand’s grazed grasslands. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research 60(2): 93–118.

Shen Q, Hedley M, Camps Arbestain M, Kirschbaum MUF 2016. Can biochar increase the bioavailability of phosphorus? Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 16(2): 268–286.

Kim D-G, Kirschbaum MUF, Beedy TL 2016. Carbon sequestration and net emissions of CH4 and N2O under agroforestry: synthesizing available data and suggestions for future studies. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 226: 65–78.

Kim D-G, Kirschbaum MUF 2015. The effect of land-use change on the net exchange rates of greenhouse gases: a compilation of estimates. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 208: 114–126.

Rutledge S, Mudge PL, Campbell DI, Woodward SL, Goodrich JP, Wall AM, Kirschbaum MUF, Schipper LA 2015. Carbon balance of an intensively grazed temperate dairy pasture over four years. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 206: 10–20.

Herath HMSK, Camps-Arbestain M, Hedley MJ, Kirschbaum MUF, Wang T, van Hale R 2015. Experimental evidence for sequestering C with biochar by avoidance of CO2 emissions from original feedstock and protection of native soil organic matter. GCB Bioenergy 7(3): 512–526.

Lambie SM, Kirschbaum MUF, Dando J 2014. No photodegradation of litter and humus exposed to UV-B radiation under laboratory conditions: no effect of leaf senescence or drying temperature. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 69: 46–53.

Kirschbaum MUF 2013. Seasonal variations in the availability of labile substrate confound the temperature dependence of organic matter decomposition. Soil biology & biochemistry 57: 568-576.

Dymond JR, Ausseil A-G, Kirschbaum MUF, Carswell FE, Mason NWH 2013. Opportunities for restoring indigenous forest in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 43(3): 141–153.

Dymond JR, Ausseil A-GE, Ekanayake JC, Kirschbaum MUF 2012. Tradeoffs between soil, water, and carbon – A national scale analysis from New Zealand. Journal of environmental management 95(1): 124-131.

Kirschbaum MUF, Saggar S, Tate KR, Giltrap DL, Ausseil AGE, Greenhalgh S, Whitehead D 2012. Comprehensive evaluation of the climate-change implications of shifting land use between forest and grassland: New Zealand as a case study. Agriculture, ecosystems & environment 150: 123-138.

Conant RT, Ryan MG, Agren GI, Birge HE, Davidson EA, Eliasson PE, Evans SE, Frey SD, Giardina CP, Hopkins FM, Hyvonen R, Kirschbaum MUF, Lavallee JM, Leifeld J, Parton WJ, Steinweg JM, Wallenstein MD, Wetterstedt JAM, Bradford MA 2011. Temperature and soil organic matter decomposition rates - synthesis of current knowledge and a way forward. Global change biology 17(11): 3392-3404. WOS:000296137000010.

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